Chevron will replace all piping in the damaged sections of the Richmond refinery with chrome alloy, the company said in a letter Wednesday to the city of Richmond and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The move comes six weeks after Chevron announced that it believed the Aug. 6 fire may have occurred because of thinning and corrosion in a piping component that may have had low silicon content.
“Before the restart of the crude unit, Chevron will complete its investigation and communicate its findings and actions,” wrote Nigel Hearne, the refinery’s general manager, in the letter. “We are optimistic we can complete our planned repairs and be in a position to restart the crude unit by first quarter of 2013.”
Meanwhile, members of the United Public Workers announced that they will hold an event Saturday to pose the question, “How many more explosions and fires do we have to put up with?” The meeting will take place at Richmond’s main public library. The UPW says the event will look at how working people and the community can defend their health, safety and environment, particularly after what the union views as an inadequate response to the fire by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“Who is running Cal-OSHA and why are the workers’ voices being silenced?” UPW asked in a press release, stating that refinery workers who are members of its union “have been warning that there are serious health and safety problems in reports that Cal-OSHA kept secret.”
The meeting will feature a number of industrial and labor speakers and begins at 2 p.m. in the Richmond Main Public Library Madeline Whittlesey Community Room.